Recently, our CEO Julie Evans sat down with our friends at Learning Outside the Lines to discuss how superintendents and teachers should look to a student-driven vision of the 21st Century Classroom using digital learning tools to foster collaboration, open access, and enriched learning, to personalize learning and best meet student achievement goals.
Click on the video above to listen to Julie’s thoughts on this topic and several other key issues related to online learning and STEM education.
Learning Outside the Lines is provided by Fuel Education; it is an online publication brings together the insights of experts in online learning with superintendents, technologists, and those administering online learning programs to address the transformation of education. Learning Outside the Lines covers a range of topics from blended and fully online learning and the integration of technology into the classroom, to alternative education programs, remedial education, and current learning standards. Their experts engage in these discussions, share their experiences, and outline best practices to help define a better, brighter, educational future for your school district. Click here to learn more about the Learning Outside the Lines and Fuel Education.
If you were one of the 111 million people who watched the Super Bowl last Sunday, you probably saw Microsoft’s ad which portrayed the company’s role in helping a deaf woman to hear, a surgeon to operate successfully, and students to learn by enabling them to connect with other students from across the country.
While Scott Bedley’s fifth-graders from Plaza Vista School in Irvine, CA were only featured in the ad long enough for them to scream, “Hi!”, the brief clip actually comes from a longer online advertisement that focuses solely on the students playing one of their several classroom games: Mystery Skype. Through Mystery Skype, the students are able to use the program to meet classrooms from other areas; however, neither classroom knows where the other is located and they must guess the other’s state by asking about geography, climate, and culture.
Mystery Skype isn’t the only way the students use technology in the classroom – Bedley’s fifth graders have also video chatted with the lead paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, recreated famous buildings and landmarks through the block-building computer game Minecraft, and have used Google Docs to tutor younger students.
Not only were his students able to learn by connecting with others through technology, but Bedley was as well. “[Mystery Skype] is a game that I learned about from different educators that I connected with on Twitter,” he said. His quest to Skype with all 50 states caught Microsoft’s attention, who then asked if he would like to be a part of their campaign which focuses on how the company’s products can change lives. “I saw it as an opportunity to highlight some things that are innovative in education and share those with other teachers,” he said.
Bedley was recently named the 2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year and was the recipient of the 2013 Project Tomorrow’s High Impact Teacher in Science, Math & Technology Award, which acknowledged his influence in preparing his students to compete and thrive in the 21st century. He hopes that his highly-watched Super Bowl ad will inspire teachers to use technology in order to change the way they teach and ultimately teach their students “to excel beyond what is just traditional learning.”
We hope you all had a great week! It’s Friday, which means it’s time to meet another one of our wonderful team members. Today we would like to introduce you to Vinh Luong, our Program Manager!
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Vinh joined the team as our Program Manager; he manages our YouthTEACH2Learn Program and the California Future Educators Association (CFEA). Formerly, he was the Program Coordinator for the Upward Bound Math & Science Program at California State University, San Bernadino. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas, Arlington and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernadino.
In his free time Vinh enjoys playing basketball, flag football, hiking, and traveling. He also enjoys photography and maintains a photo blog just for fun.
We hope you all had a great week! It’s Friday, which means it’s time to meet another one of our wonderful team members. Today we would like to introduce you to Nayssan Safavian, our Research Analyst!
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Nayssan joined the Project Tomorrow team as a Research Analyst this year. She recently earned her Ph.D. with an emphasis on Learning, Cognition, and Development from the School of Education at the University of California at Irvine (UCI). She also holds an M.A. in Education from UC Irvine and a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. Her research focuses on understanding how students’ attitudes towards learning differentially inform their achievement-related choices, aspirations, and long-term success.
Nayssan lectures on the subjects of adolescent and social development at UC Irvine, as well as collaborates with the California Motivation Project (UC Irvine) and the Quantitative Education Study Team (California State University, Fullerton). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and trying new foods.
We hope you all had a fantastic week! It’s Friday which means it’s time to meet another one of our fabulous team members. Today we would like to introduce you to Marianne Miller, our Grants Manager!
Marianne joined the team in 2009,
and oversees the funding priorities of the organization, with a focus on corporate and private foundation grants to support the YouthTEACH2Learn Program, Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science, and the California Future Educators Association (CFEA). With a background in education non-profit program management, and student counseling, she understands both the funding and the program operation sides of Project Tomorrow’s projects and events. Marianne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from California State University, Long Beach.
In her spare time, Marianne enjoys any kind of travel, Pilates, watching sporting events, and experimenting in the kitchen (or in a restaurant) with cuisine of all types.
Please be sure to check back next week to meet Lisa Chu, Fall 2013 Project Tomorrow intern!
Thanks for reading!
-The Project Tomorrow Team
We hope you all had a fantastic week and a great Thanksgiving! It’s Friday which means it’s time to meet another one of our fabulous team members. Today we would like to introduce you to Tina Kreditor, our Accounting Manager!
Tina Kreditor is the Accounting Manager for Project Tomorrow, joining the team in 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. She earned her CPA certificate in 1990. After working at Price Waterhouse, Tina worked for a residential home builder, spent 10 years working in Real Estate Investments at Pacific Life in Newport Beach, and currently has her own business providing accounting consulting for closely-held companies.
In her free time, Tina enjoys scrapbooking, reading and cheering on her USC Trojans!!
Please be sure to check back next week to meet Marianne Miller, Grants Manager!
Thanks for reading!
-The Project Tomorrow Team